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SAMFORD UNIVERSITY LIBRARY 

SAM f OR® IHNTVERSny 

Birmingham. Alabama 



Mulberry Missionary Baptist Association 



v. i: i 



v.2. 1856 



v. 3. 1873 



v. 4. 1879 



v. 5. 1881 



v. 6. 1885 




v. 11. 1895 



v.- 12. 1896 



v. 13. 1897 



v. 14.1898 



v. 15. 1899 



v. 16. 1900 



v.7. 1886 




v. 8. 1887 




v. 9. 1889 


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v. 10. 1892 





MINUTES 



SIXTY-EIGHTH ANNUAL, SESSION 



ilSSHABY BAPTIST ASSOCIATION 



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Skafly Qrorc Ctarcl, Bitt County, Alabama, 



September 18 and 19, 1895. 



ML. Langston, Moderator 
\f. Honkycutt, Clerk .. 



The next session -will be held -with 

miles east of Strasburg, in Chilton Coun 

on Wednesday before the fourth Sundt 
ptember, 189 



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ORDER OF BUSINESS. 



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•votional Exercise*, 
animation. 
; vite visiting members to seats. 
( pen the door for churches to unite with us. 

.vite correspondence. 

ppoint special committees. 

Tscellaneous business. 
I all for reports of standing committees. 

ppoint standing committees. 
i ppoint time ami place of next meeting. 
J. iscellaneouc business. 






* MES AND POSTOFFICES OP ORDAINED MINISTERS. 

J.^ A . Langston Si* ] fe, Ala. 

R. M. HoNKYcutT Clanton, Ala. 

J.M Gothard Jemison, A la. 

J. R Champion CJ ear Cr t? k ' A \*' 

l>. ; Seale ^ ont ; e T a l \ A 

S. I* tfOSEY ••*•• 

L. B Rounds J*™ 80 ?', Ala ' 

W. ( Wood £»!&♦ Ala - . , 

W. . Riggins Strasburg, A a. 

W. r . Martin i.™i£rT g 'iu 

Sen iw Smitherman Six Mile, Ala. 

A. L Foshee. . ....... Strasburg, Ala. 

W. I t. Wood Clanton, Ala. 

George W. Freeman Randolph, Ala. 

LICENSED MINISTERS. 

j. J. U>wery Clear Creek, Ak. 

A. G .asscock. . .*..,, .: v R^lph, Ala. 

I. N. Langston Six Mile, Ala. 



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MINUTES. 



The Sixty-eighth Annual session of the Mulberry Baptist 
Association was held with Shady Grove church, Bibb county, 
Ala., on the 18th and 19th of September, 1895. At Ix o'clock 
a. m., on the i8ch, the people assembled together. Brother L. B. 
Pounds, who had been appointed to preach the introductory ser- 
mon, not being present, Brother F M. Wood was requested to 
preach the introductory sermon and did so from the 18th chapter 
of St. Matthew and 3rd verse: "And said verily I say unto 
you, except ye be converted and become as little children ye shall 
not enter into the kingdom of Heaven." 

A recess was then given for dinner, after which the dele- 
gates assembled in the church and the Association was called to 
order by Elder J. M. Langston, the former Moderator, who then 
appointed Brethren G. E. Mize and J. M. Langston, Jr., a com- 
mittee to read the letters from the churches ; the names of the 
churches were then called and the letters read and names of dele- 
gates enrolled as follows : 

Antinch Church— J. M. Langston. Sutton Smitherman, G. W. Free- 
man, A. J. Wuolley, I. N. Langston, W. J. Wallace, David Jackson, W. N7 
Lawrence, 

Knon Church— A. C. Crews, D. Johnson*, .J. E, Jones, F. M Arnold 

Liberty Hill Church— W. M. Wood, W. D. Z Foshee. Felix Eiland. 

New Salem < :hurch—W. G. Riggins, T. G. Williams.! J. W. Maddox*, 
G. W. Soneil. G. W. Hill*. Thomas Childres, LaFayette Vines* Joseph 
Burnett*. 

Providence Church— R. M. Honeycutt, J. E. Champion*, W. H. Shaw*, 
W. A. Sims*, A. J. Lowery*. H. W. tfoulditch, W. R. lioulditch. 

Mineral Springs Church— I. N. Martin, James Littleton, j. H, Benson*. 

Shady Grove Church -Z. L. Belcher. Jackson Smitherman, Davis 
Wallace. Jesse Smitherman, .John Smitherman*. 

Pleasant Hill Church — S. E. Cleckler*, Madisoa Hubbard*, J. B 
Lewis, W. P. Scott*. 

Colli us Chapel Cnurch — W. A. Minis, A. P. Bean*. Joseph Littleton. 

Mars Hill Church — S. D. Posey. Thomas Watson*, C. L. Langston, 
A. J. Pate*, J. P. Gentry, E. G. Coffer*. 

Center Hill Church— J. H. Martin*, J. B. Webb*, J. H, Wadell*. 
Thomas C'eckler*. 

Macedonia Church— Y. 0. Freeman*, J. D. Glass*, S. E. Waldrupe*, 
A. Glass, W. M. Merchant*. 

Ple.isant Grove Church— W. R. Dawson, A. J. Lee*, L. B. Pounds. 
James Franklin*, A. Patterson*. 

fctrasburg Church— G. S. Collins J. J. Ughtsey*. J.W. Moore*. 

Rehoboth Church— J. J. Hicks, J. T. Collins, A, W. Gentry. D. L. 
Smithemiau, M. F. Lawley, Monroe Merchant*. 

The Association then proceeded to the election of a Modera- 
* Absentees. 



tor and Clerk by ballot, which resulted in the re-election of J. M. 
Langston Moderator and R. M. Honeycutt Clerk. The Modera- 
tor then made some very appropriate remarks, after which busi- 
ness was taken up as follows : _ 

Brother Sutton Smitherman was granted the privilege ot 
giving an explanation of some confusion in Shady Grove church-. 
Rules of decorum were then read. Visiting members were in- 
vited to seats with us. Open the door for churches to join our 
union. 

Called for corresponding messengers. Received from hhelby 
Association F. M. Wood, J. VV. Mitchell, Ihomas Fancher; 
from Cahaba Association G. E. Mire, J. . N. C Brown; from 
Unity Association J. A. Anderson, S. M. Adams. 

The Moderator then appointed the following special com- 
mittees : _, , 
On Devotional Exercises— The Pastor and Deacons of bhady 

Grove church. e . , 

On Finance— ). P. Gentry, J. W. Wallace, David Smither- 

"*%* Xominations—\\\ G. Riggins. F. M.^Arnold, Wiley 

Lawrence. ... . . . , ,-,, 

There being none of the Committee on Ministerial Educa- 
tion present the following brethren were appointed and requested 
to report at this meeting : J. J. Hicks, Adam Crews. T. G. Wil- 

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Tfct Devotional Committee announced that L N. Langston 
would conduct prayer and song service at 830 a. m. to-morrow 

The report of the Committee on Temperance was then read 
and, on moti n to adopt, was discussed by L. B. Pounds, F. 
M Woods, E M. Adams and others. On motion, the discussion 
was laid ove until to-morrow morning. The Association then 
adjourned. 

MORNING SESSION. 

Prayer and song service conducted by I. N. Langston ac- 
cording to a- rangements. The Association was ^then called to 
order by the foderator. The roll was then called and absentees 
marked (see table). Then the discussion of the temperance 
committee's report was; finished, >fter which it- was adopt d 
as follows: 

RKPORT OF COMMITTER ON TEMPEKANCE. 

We, your Committee on Temperance beg to report as follows : 
Temperance means moderation and your committee believes this 
would apply to us in all things right and proper for us to engage 
in But intemperance in strong drink seems to be the leading 
evil with our young men, corrupting their morals and causing 
them to jjrr w up in ignorance and crime. Brethren, we fail in 
suppressing this evil by depending on legislation alone. Lcgis- 
tion, moral md religious influence combined will be more effec- 
tive When we, as Christians, become temperate in all things 



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that is right and abstain from every appearance of evil we will 
have a greater influence. We see the temperance cause in some 
neighborhoods is abating for the want of religious influence. It is 
the mind of your committee that strong drink is an eVil that 
Christians should not indulge in, and that the only safe-guard in 
regard to it is total abstinence from its use. 

# Felix Eiland, Chairman. 

After the adoption of the report a covenant was entered into 
bv many that we will work and pray for the success of the tem- 
perance cause, after which the Association joined Brother F. M. 
Woods in special prayer for God's help in our cause of reform 
from the evil of strong drink. 

The report of the committee on Ministerial Education was 
read and on motion to adopt was discussed by J. J. Hicks and 
others, then adopted as follows: 

REPORT OK COMMITTEE OX MINISTERIAL EDUCATION. 

We your committee on Ministerial Education make the fol- 
lowing'Veporl : This subject is of importance. We have been 
negligent,- the reading of the letters from the different churches 
show this. Brethren, common sense teaches us that we should 
untie our pastor's hands so they could devote their whole time to 
the reading and studying of the Word of God. We have expe- 
rienced this by hearing ministers preach who have had the ad- 
vantage of a collegiate education. Brethren, you know that a 
man prepared to do anything has all the advantage of those un- 
prepared ; let us wake up to a sense of duty, first see that our 
ministers whom we have already sent out to preach have oppor- 
tunities to inform themselves; Christ never sent his Apostles out 
without an education. He taught them and then sent them out to 
preach. Christ organized the church. Upon whom rests the 
responsibility of preaching the gospel, is it the church? I say it 
is. Oh, Brethren, how can we as Christ's followers neglect 
such duties? When we send young ministers out to preach with- 
out being prepared then our work is a failure to a great extent. 
Preach means to teach, how can a man do this without being ed- 
ucated? Brethren, we, as different churches of the Mulberry 
Baptist Association, let us set new and determined resolutions 
that we never will send out any brother to preach until he is 
properly shod with the preparation of the gospel. I do not mean 
that all our work in the past has been a failure, we are thankful 
that we have so many good ministers that have made such pro- 
gress in their ministerial work without the aid of the churches, 
but we must consider how far above this they might have been if 
the churches had discharged their duties. Let us think and pray 
that God may direct us right and forget not to use our means in 
the right way ; we are too careless about what God has given us, 
everything we have God gave to us and has told in His word how 
to use it, but we, in a great many ways, abuse what He has given 



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us. - The same old story and nothing done ; it is no use in making 
vows and not performing, but we will have to do something on 
this line if we as churches make a success. 

Respectfully submitted, 

J. J. Hicks, Chairman. 

The Association then adjourned one hour fcr dinner, after 
which business was taken up again. 

Committee on Sabbath-schools read their report and after 
discussion by A. Glass and others was adopted. 



REPORT OF COMMITTEE OX SABBATH SCHOOLS. 

We, your committee on Sabbath-schools, beg leave to report 
the following : We are glad to say that we feel sure that much 
good is being done in Sabbath-school work. It is a place where 
all of God's children can meet and take part ; we are happy to 
say that some have been brought to Christ by teaching God's 
word in the Sabbath-school. We have been greatly blessed many 
times in our work at Sabbath-school, the brethren and sisters 
feeling that God was with them in their prayers. It is a place 
to help young people to sing hymns of praise to God, and teach- 
ing them the gospel which is our duty. Brethren, we would be 
glad to know that there was a Sabbath-school in every church 
and more workers in the cause. Brethren," it will cause you to 
read your Bible if you attend Sabbath-school and to know your 
duty to others and to God ; how much more family religion we 
will enjoy when we go to Sabbath-school every Sunday, meet in 
God's house in God's name. I pray that the time is near when 
God's children will wake up to love Him with all their heart, 
soul, mind and strength ; then we can love our neighbors as our- 
selves. We feel that God's word is the best thing we could give 
to any one to read, and parents should take their children to 
Sabbath-school that they may read and hear it read. We hope 
to hear our ministers of the gospel talk up for more Sabbath- 
schools and let them run from December to December. We feel 
greatly revived in the Sabbath-school work. 

Respectfully submitted, 

Alkx. C. Glasscock, Chairman. 

The report of the Committee on State, Home and Foreign 
Missions was next read and on motion to adopt was discussed by 
Sutton Smitherman and others then adopted. 

REPORT OF COMMITTEE ON MISSIONS. 

Your committee on General Missions, including State, Home 
and Foreign, submit the following report : State missrons is 
that work carried on by our denomination through the State 
Board, whose aim has been, so far, to establish churches in great 



places of destitution. That object having been accomplished to 
a great extent the Board is endeavoring to bring up the waste 
places and strengthen our weak forces by placing good men in 
the field, such as Ray, Glenn and Burnes, whose business is to 
travel and preach to the people the doctrines of the Bible and in- 
struct them along the line of denominational work, also the Board 
is doing a .good work in some associations through missionary 
colporteurs. May the good work go on until all destitute in the 
State of Alabama shall be supplied. Our towns and cities are 
daily flooded with a foreign population that are unchristianized 
Their influence is far-reaching, and unless we Christianize them 
they will heathenize us, and especially our children. Not until 
our State work is thorough and all our churches are educated up 
to their duty along this line can We have the success in other mis- 
sion work as is desired. A development of our own State work 
lies underneath the great work God has given His people. 
Home Missions is that part of our Master's work that the 
churches in convention have committed to the Home Board. 
Located at Atlanta, Ga., it gathers funds from the several South- 
ern States composing the Southern Baptist Convention, and sup- 
plies destitute places in the bounds of the convention and Cuba. 
Mr. I. T. Tichenor, a good consecrated man of God is correspond- 
ing secretary. The work done and results of this man of God is 
great. Foreign Missions is the sending of men by denominations 
to preach the gospel in the heathen and Catholic countries. We 
have them in South America,Africa, Italy, China, Japan, men and 
women who have given their lives to the Lord's work. The 
great commission given by our lord was, "Go into all the world 
and preach the gospel to every creature." It was to begin at 
Jerusalem. The blessed Lord had provided there a little church 
of eleven members, which, on the day of Pentecost, grew to a 
large and strong one, somewhere between three and rive thousand 
members. After they had received the promised power we find 
her sending out preachers in all parts of the country. First, 
Philip goes to the Samarians ; Peter to the Gentiles in his own 
country, (in the case of Cornelius;) Paul and others to ail the 
country around them. Jerusalem seems to be headquarters for 
them. We find them in some places actually drawing on one 
church for the support of another.- Now, brethren, this great 
commission comes to us to-day. "Go ye into all the world and 
preach the gospel to. every creature. He that believeth and is 
baptized shall be saved, he that believeth not shall be damned." 
Matt. 28 : 15-16 Will we heed this command of our Lord or not? 
Some may say I cannot go, neither could all the brethren at 
Jerusalem go. But the great commission was theirs all the same. 
All cannot go, but all can help send some one else. 1st. Your 
committee recommend that our pastors preach more on the sub- 
ject Sf missions. 2nd. That the brotherhood read up on this sub- 
ject. 3rd. That our churches adopt a systematical plan of giving 
for this work. S. Smitherman, Chairman. 



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The committee on Home Religion read their report and on 
motion to adopt was discussed by S. D. Posey and others. 
Adopted. 

REPORT OF COMMITTEE ON HOME RELIGION. 
We, your Committee on Home Religion, dear brethren, can 
say that we thank God that home religion is progressing. We 
believe that home religion is being taught by God's word more 
around family altars than ever before. We also believe that 
singing God's praise is being taught more than ever 
before. We believe that home religion should be prac- 
ticed by all Christians who are heads of families; and we 
earnestly request every representative of this body to urge upon 
their churches who have never begun this good work to begin it 
at once - S. D. Posey, Chairman. 

The Committee on Finance made the following report which 
was adopted : 

REPORT OF COMMITTEE ON FINANCE. 

Received from the churches for Minutes $ 2 7-3<> 

Foreign Missions 2.50 
Orphan's Home. 8.00—137.80 
J. P. Gentry, Chairman. 

The committee on Orphan's Home read their report which 
was adopted. The report has been mislaid or lost. 

There was a collection taken up for the benefit of the Or- 
phan's Home, which amounted to $4.50, with instructions to 
send to Brother Stewart. 

The following resolutions were adopted : 

Resolved, 1st. That this Association tender our sincere 
thanks to the people of Shady Grove church and vicinity for 
kindness and hospitality extended to us during our stay here. 

Resolved, 2nd. That the Clerk superintend the printing and 
distributing of 600 copies of the Minutes of this Association, and 
that he receive ten dollars for his services. 

I. N. Langston. 

The committee on nominations made the following report 
which was adopted : 

REPORT OF COMMITTEE ON NOMINATIONS. 
We, your Committee on Nominations, offer the following as 
our report : We recommend that the next session of the Mulberry 
Association be held with New Salem church on Wednesday be- 
fore the fourth Sunday in September, 1896. We further recom- 
mend R. M. Honeycutt preach the introductory sermon ; G. W. 
Freeman, alternate. We further recommend as delegate*to the 
Southern Baptist Convention L. B. Pounds ; alternate, A. L. 
Foshee - W. G. Riggins, Chairman. 



The Moderator then 'announced the following standing com- 
mittees : n . 

On SaBfytA Schools— W. H. Shaw, Z. W. Langston. 

On 1 ' emperance and Prohibition — W. E. Riggins, J. E. 
Jones. 

On Missions, State, Home and Foreign — R. M. Hoheycutt, 
J. J. Lowery. 

On Ministerial Education — A. Glass, W. Y. Nix. 

On Home Religion — W. A. Mims, T. M. Driver. 

Ou Periodicals — L. B. Pounds, D. A. Seale. 

On Orphans' 1 Home — G. W. Freeman, Martin Franklin. 

The Association, having finished the business, adjourned. 

J. M. Langston, Moderator. 
R. M. Honeycutt, Clerk. 






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DISTRICT MEETINGS.-First District. 

The next meeting of the First District will be held with Re- 
hoboth church, commencing on Wednesday before the first Sun- 
day in August, 1,896. Introductory sermon preached by Sutton 
Smitherrrian, J.£M. Langston, alternate. 

SUBJECTS. 

1st. What is the duty of pastor to the church? Opened by 
A. Glass and H. L. Hicks. 

2nd. What is the duty of church to pastor? Opened by 
G. W. Freeman and J. E. Jones. 

3rd. Has the gospel been preached to all nations, if so when ? 
Opened by A. Glass and H. L. Hicks. 

4th. Upon whom rests the responsibility of preaching the 
gospel? Opened by G. W. Freeman and J. E. Jones 

Second District. 

The next meeting of the Second District will meet with Prov- 
idence church Friday before the 3rd Sunday in July, 1896. In- 
troductory sermon by A. L. Foshee ; W. A. Wood, alternate. 

SUBJECTS FOR DISCUSSION. 

1st. Is it the duty of every converted person to be identified 
with the church, if so what are the benefits to be derived from 
such identity? W. A. Mims and J. H. Martin to open the 
discussion. 

2nd. Can a church organization, according to the New 
Testament plan, be kept up in this our day without any finance, 
if not whose duty is it to furnish said finance? T. G." Williams 
and Felix Eiland to open the discussion. 

3rd. Miscellaneous questions. 



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ISTRICT MEETINGS.-Flrst District. 



The next meeting of the First District will be held with Re- 
hoboth church, commencing on Wednesday before the first Sun- 
day in August, 1896. Introductory sermon preached by Sutton 
Smitherman, J V M. Langston, alternate. 

SUBJECTS. 

1 st. What is the duty of pastor to the church? Opened by 
A. Glass and H. L. Hicks. 

2nd. What is the duty of church to pastor? Opened by 
G. W. Freeman and J, E. Jones. 

3rd. Has the gospel been preached to all nations, if so when ? 
Opened by A. Glass and H. L. Hicks. 

4th. Upon whom rests the responsibility of preaching the 
gospel? Opened by G. W. Freeman and J. E. Jones 

Second District. 

The next meeting of the Second District will meet with Prov- 
idence church Friday before the 3rd Sunday in July, 1896. In- 
troductory sermon by A. L. Foshee ; W. A. Wood, alternate. 

SUBJECTS FOR DISCUSSION. 

1st. Is it the duty of every converted person to be identified 
with the church, if so what are the benefits to be derived from 
*uch identity? W. A. Minis and J. H. Martin to open the 
discussion. 

2nd. Can a church organization, according to the New 
Testament plan, be kept up in this our day without any finance, 
if not whose duty is it to furnish said finance? T. G." Williams 
and Felix Eiland to open the discussion. 

3rd. Miscellaneous questions. 



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STATISTICS OF MULBERRY MISSIONARY BAPTIST ASSOCIATION 1895 



CHURCH 



First District 

Antioch 

Enon 

Macedonia 

Mars Hill 

Kehohotli 

Shady Grove 

Pleasant Grove. . 



Second District 

Center Hill 

Collins Cbapei. . . 

Liberty Hill 

Mineral Springs. 
New Salem.. 

Provideuce 

Pleasant Hill 

Strasburg 

Waxahatchie .... 

Total....... 



COUNTY 



Bibb 

Bibb 

Chilton . 
Chilton.. 

Bibb 

Bibb. ... 
Chilton. 



Chilton. 
Chilton. 
Chilton. 
Chilton. 
Chilton . 
Chilton. 
Chilton. 
ChiltOn. 
Chilton. 



PASTOR 



J. M. Langston 
J. M. Langgtoi 
W. G. Riggins 

S. Mnitherinan 
S. Smithermai 
S. Sin it her man 
L. B. Pounds 



S. D Posey... 
W. A. Wood.. 
A. L. Foshee. . 
L. B. Pounds.. 
J. G. Lowery. 
RM.Honeycut 
W. G. Riggins 
W. G. Riggins 



CLERK 



Z. J. Corley... 

F. M. Arnold.. 
.1. D. Glass. . . 

G. W. Gothard 
M. F. Lawley 
W. J. Payne . 
D. H. Hodgins. 



J. H. Wadell 
Samuel Pate. 
Felix Ei land. 
Wui.Honeyeutt 
T. G. Williams 
W. H. Shaw. 
S. K. Cleekler 
J. W. Moore 



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